Paula Reid | Vistage UK
Speaker Bio

Paula Reid

Paula is a Vistage Chair, a speaker, author and adventurer.

Paula works with business leaders to encourage mastery, purpose and motivation at all levels of their organisations. She believes that we can be brilliant if we are encouraged and supported to unleash our innate qualities and strengths.

The Leadership role is challenging, changing, busy and often described as lonely, especially now, in what has been called a ‘VUCA’ world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous). Paula prefers to focus on vision, strengths and potential – helping organisations to be Visionary, create Understanding, be Collaborative and Agile. This conviction has developed out of her work with ‘Involve’ – an employee engagement agency, her personal expeditions and endurance challenges, and her MSc in Positive Psychology.

Her personal effectiveness version of VUCA is about being Vital, Undeterred, Creative, Curious, Courageous and Agile. Life – and business – is a challenging journey, and she supports leaders to walk that path, to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Paula joined the Vistage Speaker Bureau in May 2018 from the Academy of Chief Executives, with an average score of 4.1 out of 5 over the last 18 months.

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Boat to Boardroom

At the end of the session, attendees will go away with a tool kit to help them to deal with different situations at work, as well as hearing an inspirational and motivating story from two people who went through it first-hand.

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Boat to Boardroom

Overview:

Based on their books ‘Boat to Boardroom’ and ‘The 7 Racing Rules’, the workshop follows the exploits of a team in the Global Challenge Around the World Yacht Race (a race both Paula and Alex were involved in). The workshop includes a powerful analogy of the similarities of running a business and a sailing team – all in the same boat, the need for good leadership, everyone working together, motivation, resilience, crisis management etc. and an introduction to The 7 Racing Rules – 7 top tips on how to win in business and life.

The workshop is hands on with Alex and Paula telling their story and stopping at critical moments in their actual race when it is up to the attendees to discuss what is happening (re the leadership of the team) in that particular circumstance/crisis/situation and how they should react. Each scenario is debriefed, and the learnings taken away from it. The story then continues to the next scenario. A typical session will have 3 scenarios.

Key points:

They cover a whole range of different situations relating to different aspects of business such as:

  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • Crisis management
  • Motivation
  • Resilience
  • Silo mentality
  • Dealing with poor performance

Outcomes:

At the end of the session, attendees will go away with a tool kit to help them to deal with different situations at work, as well as hearing an inspirational and motivating story from two people who went through it first-hand.

Living Life to the Full (retreat)

A thought-provoking, focusing, personal and stimulating interactive workshop from someone who has achieved 117 things on their Live Life to the Full list (so far). This retreat will provoke attendees into thinking more deeply and sharply about their personal goals and aspirations

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Living Life to the Full (retreat)

Achieving your Personal Vision and Goals, OR How to Live Life to the Full with No Regrets!

Overview

A thought-provoking, focusing, personal and stimulating interactive workshop from someone who has achieved 117 things on their Live Life to the Full list (so far), including skiing full distance to the South Pole, yacht racing around the world, cycling across ten countries, zorbing, bog snorkelling, paddling the Mekong, Inca trail, swimming with dolphins, husky sledding, walking across England, writing books… and so much more.

Aims of workshop:

  • Time out for reflection and review for self-development, fulfilment and motivation
  • Opportunity to work on personal vision, aspirations, goals, priorities, motivations and actions
  • Provoke attendees into thinking more deeply and sharply about their personal goals and aspirations
  • Review / opportunity to redress balance of personal and work life
  • Create a bucket list
  • Ultimately, to create a better life

Outputs:

  • Personal vision, mission, values and goals
  • ONE MASSIVE GOAL! (OMG!) action plan
  • Live Life to the Full (Bucket) List

A typical session runs as follows:

  1. Pre-Retreat – all members are sent a personal vision questionnaire to complete in their own time and bring with them (or this can be done in the morning of an afternoon retreat)
  2. Paula sets the context, explaining her personal philosophy and experience in achieving her own vision and goals
  3. Paula’s ‘Living Life to the Full’ list and South Pole talk if time
  4. Personal vision session
  5. Personal motivations session
  6. Personal OMG session including 12-step goals
  7. Coaching in pairs
  8. Personal criteria for success
  9. Co-creation of personal/group ‘bucket lists’
  10. Prioritise actions
  11. Summary / review

Motivating Ourselves and Others

What is our why: our personal why and our why as a leader or business owner? What motivates us, our loved ones and our employees? An interactive workshop based on our motivations – the desires, needs, goals, drivers and passion - to move, choose, do, behave and change.

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Motivating Ourselves and Others

Overview

It starts with the ‘why’ as Simon Sinek suggests in his provocative ‘Golden Circle’ TED talk. What is our why: our personal why and our why as a leader or business owner? What motivates us, our loved ones and our employees? How do we pull the levers that motivate us and our teams, and how do we really engage those we work with? How do we motivate the slugs, worms, toads, frogs and wasps?

An interactive workshop on our motivations – the desires, needs, goals, drivers and passion - to move, choose, do, behave and change.

Exploring:

  • Positive Psychology and why it matters – optimal flourishing and functioning
  • Seligman’s PERMA: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment
  • Motivation theory over time
  • Maslow, McLelland and Pink
  • The why of our organisations and the Golden Thread
  • Our personal motivations
  • Motivating and engaging our colleagues
  • Motivating challenging people – the Slugs and Toads
  • Think, Feel, Do - Triangle of Impact

Takeaways:

  • Which motivation model do you prefer & therefore are more likely to introduce or use at work?
  • How are you going to understand / improve motivation at work?
  • What do you now know about yourself that you didn’t know before?
  • How are you now motivated to change?

Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown™

Adventure psychology means performing in an uncertain and ambiguous world, but still performing well: sustaining reasonable and realistic performance and having to survive and thrive in these conditions.

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Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown™

Overview

Paula combines business intelligence with adventure experience and a Masters in Positive Psychology to help leaders and organisations survive and thrive in today's uncertain and challenging times.

In July 2018 she graduated with an MSc Distinction in Positive Psychology and her dissertation researched the benefits of Adventuring. Paula has now launched Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown™ as a new discipline. Most people will be familiar with Sports Psychology which is about peak performance in fixed conditions. In comparison, Adventure Psychology is more relevant to today’s world, focusing on adaptation and enduring performance in challenging and uncertain conditions.

We need to adapt as the world changes around us; survival of the 'fittest', is actually survival of those better equipped for surviving. This includes acclimatising, learning, and improving performance to enhance evolution fitness. Adventure Psychology is about adapting to survive (cope) and then thrive (optimum flourishing and functioning) in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times.

We need to go 'Knowingly into the Unknown™' to develop wisdom, resilience and growth.

This topic is new and relevant to today’s VUCA leadership, covering:

  • Adaptation – surviving and thriving in the fast-changing world
  • Positivity & grit
  • The mindset
  • The language
  • Going knowingly – choosing, preparing, anticipatory thinking
  • Into the Unknown – coping, agility, curiosity, dealing with VUCA

The value is in the mindset, creating an ‘adventure advantage’. Outcomes and takeaways include:

  • A new perspective
  • How we should lead in a VUCA world
  • Handbook and tools

This workshop is also suitable for a retreat setting.

Boat to Boardroom

At the end of the session, attendees will go away with a tool kit to help them to deal with different situations at work, as well as hearing an inspirational and motivating story from two people who went through it first-hand.

Read more

Boat to Boardroom

Overview:

Based on their books ‘Boat to Boardroom’ and ‘The 7 Racing Rules’, the workshop follows the exploits of a team in the Global Challenge Around the World Yacht Race (a race both Paula and Alex were involved in). The workshop includes a powerful analogy of the similarities of running a business and a sailing team – all in the same boat, the need for good leadership, everyone working together, motivation, resilience, crisis management etc. and an introduction to The 7 Racing Rules – 7 top tips on how to win in business and life.

The workshop is hands on with Alex and Paula telling their story and stopping at critical moments in their actual race when it is up to the attendees to discuss what is happening (re the leadership of the team) in that particular circumstance/crisis/situation and how they should react. Each scenario is debriefed, and the learnings taken away from it. The story then continues to the next scenario. A typical session will have 3 scenarios.

Key points:

They cover a whole range of different situations relating to different aspects of business such as:

  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • Crisis management
  • Motivation
  • Resilience
  • Silo mentality
  • Dealing with poor performance

Outcomes:

At the end of the session, attendees will go away with a tool kit to help them to deal with different situations at work, as well as hearing an inspirational and motivating story from two people who went through it first-hand.

Motivating Ourselves and Others

What is our why: our personal why and our why as a leader or business owner? What motivates us, our loved ones and our employees? An interactive workshop based on our motivations – the desires, needs, goals, drivers and passion - to move, choose, do, behave and change.

Read more

Motivating Ourselves and Others

Overview

It starts with the ‘why’ as Simon Sinek suggests in his provocative ‘Golden Circle’ TED talk. What is our why: our personal why and our why as a leader or business owner? What motivates us, our loved ones and our employees? How do we pull the levers that motivate us and our teams, and how do we really engage those we work with? How do we motivate the slugs, worms, toads, frogs and wasps?

An interactive workshop on our motivations – the desires, needs, goals, drivers and passion - to move, choose, do, behave and change.

Exploring:

  • Positive Psychology and why it matters – optimal flourishing and functioning
  • Seligman’s PERMA: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment
  • Motivation theory over time
  • Maslow, McLelland and Pink
  • The why of our organisations and the Golden Thread
  • Our personal motivations
  • Motivating and engaging our colleagues
  • Motivating challenging people – the Slugs and Toads
  • Think, Feel, Do - Triangle of Impact

Takeaways:

  • Which motivation model do you prefer & therefore are more likely to introduce or use at work?
  • How are you going to understand / improve motivation at work?
  • What do you now know about yourself that you didn’t know before?
  • How are you now motivated to change?

Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown™

Adventure psychology means performing in an uncertain and ambiguous world, but still performing well: sustaining reasonable and realistic performance and having to survive and thrive in these conditions.

Read more

Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown™

Overview

Paula combines business intelligence with adventure experience and a Masters in Positive Psychology to help leaders and organisations survive and thrive in today's uncertain and challenging times.

In July 2018 she graduated with an MSc Distinction in Positive Psychology and her dissertation researched the benefits of Adventuring. Paula has now launched Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown™ as a new discipline. Most people will be familiar with Sports Psychology which is about peak performance in fixed conditions. In comparison, Adventure Psychology is more relevant to today’s world, focusing on adaptation and enduring performance in challenging and uncertain conditions.

We need to adapt as the world changes around us; survival of the 'fittest', is actually survival of those better equipped for surviving. This includes acclimatising, learning, and improving performance to enhance evolution fitness. Adventure Psychology is about adapting to survive (cope) and then thrive (optimum flourishing and functioning) in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times.

We need to go 'Knowingly into the Unknown™' to develop wisdom, resilience and growth.

This topic is new and relevant to today’s VUCA leadership, covering:

  • Adaptation – surviving and thriving in the fast-changing world
  • Positivity & grit
  • The mindset
  • The language
  • Going knowingly – choosing, preparing, anticipatory thinking
  • Into the Unknown – coping, agility, curiosity, dealing with VUCA

The value is in the mindset, creating an ‘adventure advantage’. Outcomes and takeaways include:

  • A new perspective
  • How we should lead in a VUCA world
  • Handbook and tools

This workshop is also suitable for a retreat setting.

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This speaker currently has no retreats. Please check back soon.

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